Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Flavor, Sencha, Yuzu
Flavors
Citrusy, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal, Bitter, Citrus, Pine, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Grass, Sakura, Freshly Cut Grass, Thick, Yuzu, Lime, Sour, Lemon, Lemon Zest
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 420 ml

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  • “I used up the last of this yesterday!! Just squeaked in heating up the water before we lost power for 5 hours. Very grateful that it’s back on now, and that the tree that fell during the storm...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Last of the Lupicia samples that were gifted to me from Cameron B. :D I wanted to try all the Lupicia ones since it will be difficult to buy them soon. :( I am so thankful that I got to try them....” Read full tasting note
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  • “So first off, Lupicia now has their holiday teas available on the US website! And they even have the less common Christmas Wreath and Joyeux Noël teas that I was hoping to restock! \o/ I picked up...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First time trying this out of a sealed packet. First, let me say, I’m not familiar with yuzu. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it before. The interwebs describe it as a sour citrus fruit that is...” Read full tasting note
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Refreshing flavor of Yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) highlights the taste of Japanese green tea.

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I used up the last of this yesterday!! Just squeaked in heating up the water before we lost power for 5 hours. Very grateful that it’s back on now, and that the tree that fell during the storm didn’t do any more than damaging a neighbor’s car and taking out some power lines.

Cofftea

Nice timing! Glad you’re safe:)

LENA

oh wow….glad the power is back!

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Last of the Lupicia samples that were gifted to me from Cameron B. :D I wanted to try all the Lupicia ones since it will be difficult to buy them soon. :( I am so thankful that I got to try them. This is another one that is hard to get.

Lots of reviews on this so here is my 2cents. ^^ The yellow-greenish liquor has the flavors of a good sencha base, umami, seaweed, oceanic, with a touch of pomelo with little or no astringency. Clean mouthfeel. The great sencha base with the pomelo notes makes this a winner.

Flavors: Citrusy, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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So first off, Lupicia now has their holiday teas available on the US website! And they even have the less common Christmas Wreath and Joyeux Noël teas that I was hoping to restock! \o/

I picked up some White Christmas (my favorite) and Carol (haven’t tried it in a while and want to refresh my memory). And my beloved Kumquat was even still in stock! The decorative tins for Kumquat and Yuzu are so lovely this year that I ended up getting both, even though I don’t usually buy Lupicia’s tins because they’re not very practical. But the pretty labels were enough to change my mind this time, ha ha… I didn’t find the holiday ones inspiring enough to order though.

Anyway! Celebrating with a Christmas mug full of this (quite old) Yuzu. It recently made its way into my “five oldest teas” focus box, with a purchase date of August 2018. Because of its age, the bright citrusy notes are a bit more subdued than they were originally, but still make a lovely accent to the good-quality sencha base. Yuzu always has a bit of a piney quality to it IMO, and though I sometimes find it a bit odd in confections, it goes perfectly well with tea. The base here has a nice mix of grassiness and umami, without being too in-your-face, and the grapefruit-esque yuzu adds a nice little pop of zestiness that lightens it all up just a smidge.

Feeling happy, and excited for the holiday season. :)

Flavors: Citrus, Freshly Cut Grass, Grapefruit, Grass, Pine, Smooth, Thick, Umami, Vegetal, Yuzu

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Hmmm, why is the bold style not working in this note…?

Evol Ving Ness

Bold is showing up for me.

Cameron B.

Hmm it’s working now. How truly odd, ha ha.

ashmanra

I ordered Carol, White Christmas, and Jingle Bells this morning, but I didn’t see Christmas Wreath and Joyeaux Noel so now I am devastated. I thought there were only the five on my first page. Oh well, guess I might have to place another order!

Cameron B.

I got White Christmas and Carol too! I do like Jingle Bells, but I already have two Lupicia grape teas right now so I figured it was silly to order a third, ha ha…

I wonder if you email them, if they can add to your order?

ashmanra

Wouldn’t you know it? I got an email with a nice coupon today AFTER I have placed my order. I will place another order and use the coupon to make myself feel better!

Cameron B.

Ha ha Sakura Sushi mentioned that as well! I emailed them and they put me back on the mailing list. ❤

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First time trying this out of a sealed packet.

First, let me say, I’m not familiar with yuzu. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it before. The interwebs describe it as a sour citrus fruit that is a cross between a grapefruit and a lime. And boy, is that exactly what I smell in the packet — very strongly, indeed.

After steeping all of that basically evaporates and I smell something that is disturbingly like the smell of clothing when it’s been left in the washer and gone sour. The tea is medium golden-yellow with that sencha haze that keeps it from being able to be described as clear.

Fortunately, the tea doesn’t taste like it smells. It does have a sour citrus tang that tastes like the lime/grapefruit combo description. The sour tends a little toward bitter, in the citrus zest embodiment of the term.

It’s the sort of thing I’ll have to try again, sit with, and mull over before I come to a conclusion about it. For now I’m putting it in the solid very good range because I don’t have a frame of reference for yuzu and I can’t determine whether my reaction is driven more by the unfamiliarity and newness of the flavor or the flavor itself.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lime, Sour

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
derk

I don’t know if something like this would be stocked where you live in the bay, but there’s a yuzu soda at my corner store in the city. Worth a try if you want a baseline. http://www.kiminodrinks.com/en/home

__Morgana__

Thanks! That could be very interesting.

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A refreshingly light green tea with a splash of citrus. The citrus flavors lean more towards a brighter lemon rather than a mellow orange.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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So, what does The Cookie Lady giver herself as a birthday present, you ask? Well, a 10-mile beach run and a shopping trip at a local Japanese marketplace (that is also home to a Lupicia store), of course! It was the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa, to be exact. This is the first time I’ve been to a Lupicia store and was happy to find a very sweet, helpful employee working there, since I’ve heard that the Los Angeles location doesn’t have the friendliest staff.

So, the tea! I sampled this tea iced and was surprised to find that it tasted exactly the way I would imagine an unsweet/unsour version of lemonade to taste like. It was as though you were getting the complete taste of a lemon (including the peel/zest flavor) without any of the bitterness I would have expected. It was light and quite refreshing. My boyfriend tried it and said that the taste reminded him of when his mother used to add leaves from their lemon tree to boiling water and serve it on cold nights. He quite liked it, which is really saying something for him!

I didn’t pick this one up today because I got so overwhelmed that I decided to only get 2 teas now that I know how close they are to me and that they will literally (and happily) let you try a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g in the store. Very exciting!

For the record, I had so much fun choosing candies and snacks from the actual market part of the marketplace, most of which I could not actually read the packages for….the one English word listed on the backs of most of these candies just says “candy” or “soft candy” and the bag of very-not-normal Cheetos that had a picture of delicious-looking roasted corn on the front just said “corn snack” on the back.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest

cookies

Happy birthday! Tea shopping sounds like a perfect way to spend a b-day.

The Cookie Lady

Thank you :) Even better when it was such a good in-store experience!

TeaBrat

I like going to Japantown in San Francisco for the shopping!

TeaBrat

Happy Birthday!

The Cookie Lady

Thank you! I’m hoping to be able to take a vacation up to San Francisco some time next year, and you know tea shops will be on the list of stops :)

Stephanie

Sounds like a great day!

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I tried this at the store today. It was so good iced. There was a nice citrus scent, similar to lemon. The flavour was bright and citrus. Now I want to try more Yuzu things.

Flavors: Citrus

Cameron B.

Yum! Did you get to try Kumquat?

Lariel of Lórien

It was not a sample there, I asked.

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